A round 100km from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, a property that was once home to poet and aristocrat Alexander Chavchavadze (1786-1846) has been transformed into a luxury hotel.
Located in the winemaking region of Kakheti, the Radisson Collection, Tsinandali Estate Georgia occupies both the building from the 19th century and a new addition designed by architecture studio Septembre, which was inspired by nature and the heritage of the property and area.
Overlooking the Caucasus Mountains and situated in a historic 18ha park, the hotel welcomes guests in the lobby, where industrial elements – such as the metal flooring – and materials like cork make references to the Georgian wine industry.
With on-site vineyards, a wine-tasting bar and Prince Alexander Chavchavadze’s personal wine cellar collection, the property – where the first bottled wines in Georgia were produced – celebrates its past.
Spread over four floors, the Radisson Collection, Tsinandali Estate Georgia comprises 141 guest rooms and suites designed by Christina Gabas and Damian Figueras. Through fabric, colours and textures, each level is designed to be symbolic of a season of the year.
In addition to the three bars, the hotel’s restaurants offer a variety of options, from international cuisine (with the all-day eatery Prince Alexander) to French flavours (at Le Bistro) and authentic Georgian gastronomy (at Kakheti).
Focusing on wellness, the top floor hosts an outdoor infinity pool with exceptional views of the mountains, as well as a fitness room, sauna, jacuzzi and spa.
Besides Christina and Damian, architect John Fotiadis and designer Ingo Maurer, as well as Georgian artist and sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze, worked on the impressive event-and-meeting spaces that total over 2,350 sq m.
Designed by Xavier Fabre, an open amphitheatre with a retractable roof can accommodate up to 1,200 people for concerts, fashion shows, weddings or other events.
Blending old and new, local style and international references, Radisson Collection, Tsinandali Estate Georgia is a serene and inspiring hotel that aims to please both the eye and the palate.
Visit https://www.radissoncollection.com/en/ kakheti-hotel-tsinandali-estate to find more about the hotel.
Good to know
The country of Georgia (not to be confused with Georgia state in the US) is located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia bordering Russia and Turkey.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the national park from the resort terrace.
Steps leading to the resort, with a facade covered in dense foliage.
Brick and stone walls, arches and wood beams are reminiscent of the past, while modern and contemporary pieces of furniture and lighting create a bridge to the present.
TEXT KARINE MONIE PHOTOS
RADISSON COLLECTION, TSINANDALI ESTATE GEORGIA